Thursday, 29 September 2016

Lady Hilda's hearthguard ...

After the battle at Piggesforde, Lady Hilda had returned to Wuduceastre.  In order to provide more fighting power she decides on 'arming up' her hearthguard.

Lady Hilda and some of the women watch as the newly equipped female warriors practice....
[ new items: female warriors - 6 valkyries from ShadowForge; 5 assorted females (Captain Bill's, Hinchcliffe medievals); 4 male warriors from Steve Barber miniatures.]

Saturday, 3 September 2016

The Battle at Piggesford ...

The saxon fyrd approach the river Wendsum,  the largest group are sent on to block the ford, while a small group crosses downstream, a couple of men have taken control of the small islet....
The saxons have reached the ford, the vikings approach ....
a little skirmishing starts ...
The vikings form up, preparing to attack across the ford, while the saxons position the rest of their troops, placing some men into their left flank in the pig pens and in the wood ...
The vikings cross the ford and attack the saxons, meanwhile the saxons attack the viking left flank guard ....
The saxons have held the viking attack, but have been pushed back; more vikings cross the ford while some of them also slowly wade across the deeper river upstream of the ford ....
The vikings are across the river and into the woods while the fighting at the ford continues ....
The saxon troops fall back from the ford after losing many men ..
The vikings surge forward again ....fighting in and around the pig pens is fierce ....
the unit of fyrd which had held the ford breaks and runs, the vikings form a shield wall ..
The vikings have won the battle for the pig pens and attack the rear of the nearest saxons; the rest of the fyrd are unsteady but they hold their ground...
The rest of the vikings charge forward ........
the saxons left flank fails completely and the vikings move on to attack the saxon centre ...
The viking attack is repulsed, but the saxons fall back; the rest of the fyrd is in disarray....
Only Lady Hilda and her female hearthguard remain intact - they retire some distance from the enemy trying to rally the fyrd to the standard.  The vikings continue their march back to their ships.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The vikings head back to their ships ....

The Vikings are busy pillaging the priory of St Wendreda .....
when they've got all they can find, they form up to return to their ships moving down into the valley ......
seeing the smoke in the distance the fyrd march as fast as they can, heading for Piggesford on the river Wendsum...

Monday, 29 August 2016

The Fyrd gathers ...

Earldorman Rodor  has taken the men from the northern hundreds to deal with a viking raid. His wife Lady Hilda has been left in charge..... more viking ships have been seen in the estuary to the south-west of Wuduceastre ....

a couple of farmers spot that the local beacon is alight ....
 villagers are called to arms ....
 the men from the village and other local hamlets assemble on a nearby hill ....
they set off to join with the rest of the fyrd ...
the fyrd assembles at great oak .... men join with warriors from Wuduceastre led by Lady Hilda
 As the fyrd assembles Lady Hilda decides where to try and intercept the vikings ....


Sunday, 21 August 2016

On Watch ....

The men on watch at a beacon, get some well earned refreshment...

 [new items: 3 oddment figures picked up at Bovington wargames show]

Monday, 6 June 2016

The Search for Odins Oak ...

Sven Eriksen continues his search for clues to help him find the fabled Whorled Cup and its treasure. He has five clues already, two more to go ... The monk had told him "At Odins Oak, in the cold blue flame you will find the way".

---oXo---

Sven and his men have sailed east for seven days and landed on the shores of a large island. They move inland.....
After moving through a marsh they come under fire from archers concealed in the rocks ahead...
as they move forward a pack of wolves attacks ....
they make short work of the wolves and the archers and attack a nearby farmstead
Meanwhile in  the settlement of Odensvi, the alarm has been raised - the men have been roused and march up to protect the sanctuary
while others ensure the entrance is well defended...
Sven's vikings attack the main entrance as others try and find a way in round the side...
  The attack continues, but Sven's men are finding it hard work...

Sven has managed to get round the back and studies the place and the strength of its defence...
Reluctantly he orders his men to fall back; there are too many defenders and Sven feels that something about the place is wrong - almost like a trap; the flame in the sanctuary is a fiery red...

Sven and his men return to the ships, picking up a few things from the farmstead as they go ....


Sunday, 1 May 2016

Wolves are about ...

A large pack of wolves are about....
 The locals discuss what to do about the wolves ...
 meanwhile the cattle seem unperturbed ....
[new items - wolves - mix of Warbases, Irregular and Ral Partha; cattle from Warbases]